My friend Romke is looking up in amazement at the giant Scenecio trees. Actually they are plants, but the unique wet African high altitude climate makes this variation as high as trees, dwarfing even a dutch climber :)
This is at about 4000m altitude on one of the most impressive places I have ever visited, the Rwenzori in Uganda. The mountain range lies on the border of Uganda and Congo and is a Unesco World Heritage site. The highest point is Margherita Peak on Mt Stanley, with 5109m the third highest mountain in Africa, after Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya.
The trekking is absolutely amazing, rough trails through muddy fields, passing flora like this and maybe seeing the ice covered mountains. That is, if the ever-present clouds lift and if the ice has not yet melted yet, which it is doing at an alarming speed.
Uganda has been plagued by wars from all sides, but since 2001, this area is safe again and definitely worth a visit. We made a documentary about the first female porters and female guide we employed, both the main video cam as well as my Eos 3 suffered from the altitude/moist and the slides are not as sharp as I would have liked, but maybe it also adds to the atmosphere of this wild place. Scanned from Provia.